MONTE GRAPPA WEATHER FORECAST FOR PARAGLIDER AND HANGLIDER PILOTS
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Important: All the indicated times are UCT: add +1 hour during Winter and +2 hours during Summer.
- First box: the different colours represent the humidity inside an air column from the soil to 5500 mt. If a black line is depicted, the formation of a cloud is likely.
- Second box: the purple line indicates the estimated altitude of the cloud base in case cumuliform clouds are expected.
- Third box: the red line indicates the estimated altitude of the cloud base of generic clouds (not cumuliform clouds)
- 4 following boxes: they show in percentage the presence of clouds (total, high-level, mid-level, low-level clouds).
- Bottom box: it displays the expected precipitations forecast
- First box: the colours indicate the temperatures inside an air column from the soil to 3000 mt.
- 6 following boxes: they show the temperatures measured every 200 metres. In normal conditions, the blue line remains under the red line. If not, homothermic or thermic inversion conditions are present, preventing the airflow to rise (absence of instability or thermals).
- Bottom box: the black line shows the altitude of the freezing level (the altitude where the temperature is 0°C).
WIND, PRESSURE AND THERMAL METEOGRAM
- First box: it shows the vectors (arrows, direction and intensity) inside the air column from the soil to 5500 mt. The longer the arrow, the stronger the wind.
- Second box: the purple line indicates the variation of the atmospheric pressure at the sea level.
- Third box: the red line indicates the average speed (meters per second) of the dry thermal calculated considering both the solar radiation and the thermal gradient.
- 5 following boxes: they show the direction and speed of wind at an altitude of 10 mt, 750 mt, 1500 mt, 2000 mt and 3000 mt. The barbs indicate its direction and average intensity. The blue line indicates the intensity of the maximum wind gust.
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THE FOOTHILLS OF MONTE GRAPPA ARE FAMOUS AMONG THE PARAGLIDER AND HANGLIDER COMMUNITIES FROM ALL OVER EUROPE AND THE WORLD.
The steep slopes that suddenly rise out of the vast plains allow perfect thermic conditions, sought after by freeflyers worldwide. The flying season can be all year long, but usually from January to the end of October.
The early-morning and late-afternoons are recommended for beginners and the less experienced. Pilots who are more experienced may be able to cope with the hotter, stronger midday hours and potential turbulences.
The flying season can be divided into three main periods.
From January to April the conditions get increasingly stronger, allowing experienced pilots to enjoy long flights here. During the first months of the year, flights last no more than one or two hours, nonetheless giving the pilot the opportunity to reach noticeable altitudes. At the end of this period, flights can last as long as five or six hours, with the potential distances covered increasing accordingly. With the passing of time, the air gets warmer and the thermals are smoother.
From the end of April to August the longer daylight hours allow for extra flying time. The increasing stabilization of the conditions due to the temperature rising, anyway, makes this period progressively unsuitable for long distance flights in the surrounding plains, though long flights can still be made along the ridge. However expect some turbulence due to some layered stability at altitude.
The last months of the year, from September on, can provide more useable unstable conditions (due to cooler air) and the weather can be quite settled at this time, storms are less likely. Flight are usually a little bit shorter and calmer: it is the perfect time to enjoy a relaxing flight over the foothills.
During Winter, all the take-off areas under the 1000 mt of altitude are generally accessible and it is possible to fly. The shorter daylight hours, anyway, reduce the average distance and duration of the flights.